Garry Davey is happy to admit the stakes are pretty high this weekend.
The Western District Bowls Division preliminary final presents City Memorial Bowls Club with a chance to not only book a spot in the decider against Koroit, but also put an end to fierce rival Warrnambool Gold's incredible six-year winning streak.
"We'd love to knock them out," Davey said.
"There's a lot tension between the two clubs.
"It's like the Roosters and the Blues in the Hampden league...they always want to beat us and we're exactly the same about them."
The two sides shared the honours this year with Gold triumphing by one shot in round four, while City Red got up by 12 shots in round 13.
And while the reigning premiers were top after round 10, they finished third on the table after losing five of the season's last eight games.
But the City Bowls club president, 68, said Warrnambool Gold could not be underestimated.
"We're not taking them for granted for a minute," Davey said.
"They're definitely back at full strength now."
Davey identified Shane Pudney's driving shots as a key weapon for his opponent, while highlighting the good form of his own teammates David Wells, Kevin O'Keeffe, Vince Moloney and Gary Body.
But he said the match will be decided by whichever side performs better across the board, rather than individual performances.
"They don't really have any clear weaknesses," Davey said.
"And I don't think venue at Port Fairy will favour either side too much.
"So it will just come down to who plays well on the day."
The preliminary final between Warrnambool Gold and City Red will be played at Port Fairy from 12.45pm on Saturday.